FBI suspected of cyber-attack on anonymous web-hosting and email services By Mark Blackwood

12 August 2013 — WSWS

On August 5 malicious software (malware) in the form of a Java Script (JS) attack code was discovered embedded in multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting (FH), the largest hosting company on the anonymous Tor network. Initial research into the malware by experts suggests that it originated from and returned private data back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other US government agencies.

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Amid Calls for ‘Less Democracy,’ German Security Agencies Caught Planting Spyware on Private Computers

11 August 2013 — Anti-Fascist Calling

Revelations by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) that German secret state agencies are installing spyware on personal computers capable of transforming a PC’s webcam and microphone into a listening device, sparked outrage across the political spectrum.

It has since emerged that despite legal requirements that police do so only with a warrant and only if surveillance intercepts are used to prevent threats to “life, limb or liberty,” authorities are not complying with strict limits laid down by Germany’s Supreme Court.

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Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden And Barrett Brown—The War With The Security State By Christian Stork

8 August 2013 — WhoWhatWhy

At the time of his death in a mysterious one-car crash and explosion, journalist Michael Hastings was researching a story that threatened to expose powerful entities and government-connected figures. That story intersected with the work of two controversial government critics—the hacker Barrett Brown and the on-the-run surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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British government introduces Internet censorship filters By Mark Blackwood

7 August 2013 — WSWS

Complying with the dictates of the Conservative-Liberal-Democrat coalition government, the UK’s biggest Internet Service Providers (ISPs), covering 95 percent of all households, have agreed to initiate a “family-friendly” filtering system for the Internet. Smaller ISPs are expected to follow suit. The government will consider legislation if the self-regulatory agreement does not work.

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They Know Much More Than You Think By James Bamford

27 July 2013 — New York Review of Books

In mid-May, Edward Snowden, an American in his late twenties, walked through the onyx entrance of the Mira Hotel on Nathan Road in Hong Kong and checked in. He was pulling a small black travel bag and had a number of laptop cases draped over his shoulders. Inside those cases were four computers packed with some of his country’s most closely held secrets.

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Big Brother IS Watching: Cameron Proposes State Control Over Internet Access

27 July 2013 — RT

[A Snoopers’ Charter: Watch your privacy take yet another step down the tubes if Cameron’s proposal for compulsory monitoring and censorship of your Web access comes to pass. It’s the next step in state spying on your Web habits and all of it allegedly to stop people accessing child pornography (as if it would!). WB]

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron has expanded on his recent set of guidelines for an internet filter that would block pornographic content by default. This has aroused further controversy, as other content may now also face the filter.

Internet service providers from the Open Rights Group have confirmed the news, following Cameron’s Monday revelation that by the end of 2013, broadband subscribers will have to make do with a compulsory system installed everywhere to monitor various content the government deems harmful. 

These include social media, gambling and pornography as well as other adult-orientated sites.  

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US Expands Global Electronic Surveillance By Andrei Akulov

26 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The spy spooky stories hit the radar screens again. Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA, who has also worked at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, is on the way to the relative safety abroad, probably South America. Continue reading

Under Electronic Surveillance of US Special Services By Nil NIKANDROV

24 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The CIA and the NSA (the US National Security Agency) whistleblower Edward Snowden (who temporarily had found refuge in Hong Kong and now [is someplace else]) has demonstrated once more the global reach of US electronic surveillance which, no doubt, is a kind of criminal activity. He looked really deep into what the NSA does and was terrified by the things he found out. So the man is on his way looking for a safe shelter to continue the revelations… 

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US: One Step Removed From Full-Blown Fascism By Rob Urie

24 June 2013 — Greanville Press

The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks were supported by only a few easily disproved lies. More broadly, the history of recent decades has government spy agencies hiring ‘private’ companies to carry out the activities they are legally prohibited from carrying out. This makes government assertions regarding spying on citizens a game of three-card monte—the testimony of government officials is calculated to be irrelevant to actual activities.

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ICH 22 June 2013: Mastery of the Internet Will Mean Mastery of Everyone

22 June 2013 — Information Clearing House


Qatar: Arming Syrian Rebels to Bring Peace, Justice

By Al-Akhbar

Qatar’s prime minister said on Saturday the only way to resolve the civil war in Syria was to arm rebels battling Syrian government forces.



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GCHQ taps fibre-optic cables for secret access to world’s communications

21 June 2013 — The Guardian

Secret document detailing GCHQ’s ambition to ‘master the internet’

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Britain’s spy agency GCHQ has secretly gained access to the network of cables which carry the world’s phone calls and internet traffic and has started to process vast streams of sensitive personal information which it is sharing with its American partner, the National Security Agency NSA.

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Communications of millions subject to US-UK spying By Eric London

22 June 2013 — WSWS

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed on Friday that the UK intelligence agency GCHQ and the NSA record the content of phone calls, email messages, Facebook posts and browser histories of tens of millions of people. By tapping into fiber-optic cables—the infrastructure through which all Internet traffic must pass—the two agencies have created a systematic procedure for procuring, filtering and storing private communications.

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ICH 16 June 2013: NSA Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers on Every User

16 June 2013 — Information Clearing House

US Sarin Gas Claims

Pat Buchanan: This Has Tonkin Gulf Written All Over It

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“We are getting ourselves into a conflict, Iran, Russia, Hezbollah on one side and us, Saudi Arabia, Qatar on the other side. It is Insane!”



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